remarks or behaviour intended to make someone or something seem silly by making fun of them in an unkind way
The idea met with such ridicule that it was dropped.
object of ridicule (=someone or something that people make fun of): Her old-fashioned ideas risk making her an object of ridicule.
hold someone/something up to ridicule (=make them look silly in public): The government could be held up to ridicule if the project goes ahead unchanged.
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